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March 20, 2019

Sleep Apnea Analysis – Stanford Sleep Medicine Center

Last year we were having issues with being tired in the middle of the afternoon after getting what we though was a full night sleep.  We have learned that what we thought was not the fact.  You can sleep what some would call “long hours” but the quality of the sleep matters more.  In general five hours of uninterrupted sleep is good.  The problem comes from interruptions like snoring, aches and pains, of the loss of breath called “Apnea” which is a gasp for breath either waking you up or breaking your sleep pattern.

In November is had a consultation appointment at the sleep center and filled out some forms and then discussed the information with the doctor and two other analysts.  (It took two months to get the appointment even with a referral).  I asked about how long it took to get an appointment and they said that two months is a short time because they are so busy and we got in because of a cancellation.  It seems that sleep issues seem to be a huge issue these days.  We discussed our sleep patterns, our diet, and what our typical process was just before going to sleep.  The fact that we meditated to get to sleep was probably the deciding factor for doing the sleep analysis.  They said that the meditation was a great start and they would think it would take us into a deep sleep, but they would need to get more analysis.  In this day and age, most people are on some sort of electric device or watching TV just before sleep and this is not the greatest way to start sleeping.  The general rule is at least 30 minutes of quiet before going to sleep.  As usual the Stanford doctors are awesome and answered all of our questions.  We set up an appointment for an over-night sleep analysis at the beginning of February 2019, yes three, almost four, months out.  (Actually it was Super Bowl Sunday).

We arrived at the Redwood City Stanford Medical Center at 7:20 PM on Sunday and found that there were other patients there for the same reason.  We don’t know what we were thinking, but we found out that the center does the sleep analysis on eighteen patients per night, six days a week.  The surprise was that there were children patients and of course we were immediately praying for the children to get healed.  They have a comfortable chair that turns unto a bed for a parent to sleep on in each of the children’s rooms.  When we were called we were escorted to a very nice, what we would call, “luxury” room.  There was a bed, closet, extra chair, TV, sink, bathroom and a shower in the bathroom.  The nurse said it takes about an hour to “hook” up all the wires and since we normally went to sleep at a later time, she would go do other patients and come back.  They had told us to bring comfortable a loosely fitting pajamas or sleepwear so we changed and watched TV until she came back.  On the ceiling above the foot of the bed was a camera and some sort of antenna to pick up signals or whatever.

Talk about wire attachments there were eighteen on just the upper body, head, neck, and skull.  Our forehead was covered from one side to the other with tape and wires.  (We should have taken a “selfie” but were engrossed in the process)  Then more wires in our hair, behind our ears, under our jaw and on our cheeks to check for “grinding”.  Of course the chest and two wires one running down each leg to the foot.  The wires were attached to a “box” that was taped on our upper chest and then the box had one wire running to a box to the left of the bed.  She hooked it up and left the room to go to the monitoring area to make sure all the “leads” were functioning and the camera was working.  She came back and said “Looks good.” And then she disconnected the one wire.  She told me “Push the red button on the nurse call button when we were ready to go to sleep.”  She said that after we went to sleep she might come back in after two hours to put a mask on our face that blows air and this will only happen if the indication is that we have a sleep apnea issue.”  She did not want us to be startled so that is why she mentioned this.  Then she asked “what time to you wish to get up in the morning?”  and we said “Nine AM would be fine”.  When she left we settled in and got comfortable being “wired up” and then pushed the red button.  The nurse cam in and plugged the wire in and said that she or someone would be monitoring us all night for an area down the hall.  Lights out and we fell immediately to sleep.

Next thing we know we are being awakened at 9:00 AM so it turns out that we do not have a sleep apnea issue because we did not get the two hour wake up for a mask.  (Great news!).  The nurse then began the disconnection and asked if we wanted to take a shower to remove the “gluey” stuff that that kep the wires in place?”  We said “yes” and the got dressed.  The nurse said they would be sending a summary of the results and then at a later date booking an appointment to discus in detail the results.  We thanked all the nurses and left to go home.

About a week later we received the summary which basically said that they did find six incidents of apnea “breaks” per hour but the standard is five so we have mild sleep apnea. (We found out later that ten or more is usually “maskable”).  The date for the detailed appointment is four months away and we will be reporting the results when we get that information.

It happens that one of our doctors (As you know we don’t believe in coincident so of course one of our doctors would be a sleep guru)  also has an expertise in sleep issues and we discussed what kind of issues sleep apnea can cause and to you out there in cyberland is in any way you think you have a sleep issue, discuss it with your doctor and or a specialist.  This could change you life for the better. Please don’t take our analysis as what you are going through and get it checked out.

Hopefully you are reading this post just before you go to bed and now you are yawning and stretching getting comfortable to go to sleep.  If so, have a great sleep and we should tell you that when we gave up sugar we started sleeping great.  We also started taking pure “CBD Oil” 30 mg a day and now we find ourselves waking up in a full blown meditation.  This is amazing because if we are waking up in a meditation, it must be starting in our sleep and it feeling when we wake up is beyond description.  It’s like a strong “feeling” of being one with everything and moving healing energy all over the world.

Since we have or thought we had completed the “forgive” and “ask for forgiveness” exercise several months ago we have found that the “stuff” really deep down is coming to the surface.  The “stuff” that you would not think of but because we put out the intention that we choose to get rid of it all we are happily getting rid of this “stuff”.  It seems to be mainly the negative thoughts we have had when we experienced negative events.  Yes, thoughts from long ago coming to the surface we are loving this exercise and are grateful to the Universe.  There is a light feeling every time we clear each instance and happiness.

To everyone who comes along and reads our post we say “Thank you” and to everyone that is and ever will be we say “Many blessings”.

We have nothing else to report except to say to the Uber drivers we recently met, thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences.

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